When it comes, and we all know in our heart of hearts it will, the zombie apocalypse will be a cataclysmic event which – in addition to the superfluous things such as power, plumbing and social order – could very well mean the end for commercial brewing. While home brewing may resurface, provided there are enough people left to attempt it, such will essentially ensure that all beer in the future – after the dead walk again in search of living flesh to feast on – will be craft beer.
To help us prepare for this inevitable reality which we inch closer to each and every day, the brewers at Three Floyds in Munster, Indiana have created for us this delightful pale ale, to give us something to remember about the way things used to be – once the lights go out and the hordes of walkers begin roaming.
For starters, Zombie Dust is a rich copper color which supports on its top a pristine white head. This head – much like those of the undead you will one day be forced to demolish in order to properly kill them – is itself quite soft and frothing. Likewise, as you sip towards the bottom of your glass, this foam, which remains atop the brew the entire time, diminishing only slightly, webs beautifully along the inner walls… not unlike the streaks of blood made by the struggling hands of survivors being dragged off to become a feast.
The body however, unlike the rotting desiccated corpses which will stalk you and your loved ones relentlessly when you flee from your home all too late, is one of a fullness and slight haze, with a mouthfeel that is both lofty and bready. In terms of more substantial flavor profile, its hop notes are robust and sweet with ever so subtle notes of citrus to them. Likewise it possesses a healthy bitterness to it, which – while strong – fades nicely in the finish and compliments the almost zestier notes of the brew beautifully.
Such balance as this beer possesses may prove to be a welcome memory that your mind returns to in the midst of a fever dream as your companions debate hacking off the limb bitten by a walker as your party attempted to flee the military refugee camp were you took shelter before it was overrun. As your eyes flit and flutter and your mind shifts violently between an awareness of the frantic environment around you and the precipice of the numb vacantness of living death, you may very well recall fondly the almost grassy notes of the hop’s lingering aftertaste and altogether smooth finish.
As you sip down this brew, take your time to enjoy it and the fact that you can still turn on the faucet to produce water, flip on a switch to create light, call up a friend for polite conversation and crack open another beer when you’re done – because all of this will end soon. And when it does, we all know that the one thing we’ll miss more than anything from the world before the fall will be the beer.
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Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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